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Unit information: Project in 2020/21

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Unit name Project
Unit code BRMSM0034
Credit points 60
Level of study M/7
Teaching block(s) Academic Year (weeks 1 - 52)
Unit director Dr. Perks
Open unit status Not open




School/department Bristol Medical School
Faculty Faculty of Health Sciences

Description including Unit Aims

This unit aims to teach students to design and conduct good quality research in human reproduction and early development. Candidates will be able to select a topic or design their project in collaboration with their personal supervisor and/or co-supervisor.

This unit aims to introduce the student to research methods and presentation; topics will range from hypothetical practical laboratory-based projects to audit of clinical studies.


Deliver seminars describing study design, background literature searching, current presentation techniques and computer skills employed in scientific research, supplemented with demonstrations of oral and poster presentation skills. Critical review of the literature and analysis of data. Using distance-learning techniques (such as Internet and e-mail) for online conferencing, receipt of written drafts and final dissertations, as well as telephone, online and/or personal tutorials for ongoing assessments.

Intended Learning Outcomes

On completion of this unit students will be able to:

  • undertake a literature search in their field of study
  • design and undertake a research project
  • analyse data and present findings and defend this work during oral examination.

Teaching Information

  • Seminars
  • Conferencing

Assessment Information

Outline of project, 1-2 pages. Not marked

Part 1: Short Review Project Assessment – 5000 - 7000 word report

(30% of the RED07 Project Unit mark: 25% for the written review & 5% for presentation)

Part 2: 4,000-5,000 words derived from or related to Part 1.

Can take the form of: 1) clinical audit, 2) a systematic review, 3) data analysis, or 4) a short project grant application. 40%

Poster presentation and oral examination. 30%

Students need to obtain a pass-mark of 45% for both part 1 and part 2 combined before being permitted to attend part 3: poster and oral examination.

Reading and References

  1. Postgraduate study in the biological sciences: a researchers’ companion (1993), R J Beynon, Portland Press.
  2. Qualitative Health Research (1992) JM Morse, Sage.